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Dance class draws Castaic residents

Posted: January 13, 2014 3:03 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2014 3:03 p.m.

A cover of Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” played through a stereo system for eight ladies practicing the boogie-woogie at the Castaic Sports Complex.

“This dance makes me so happy,” said Ally Loprete to a friend standing in the dance lineup. She has been attending Ramona Thomas’ line dance classes for three months.

Every the center welcomes Castaic residents for a free lesson by Thomas, a dance instructor since 2005.

The group practices about five or six dances, followed by socializing. Another five or six dances finish the morning workout.

“When I demonstrate a dance, I try to show the dance,” said Thomas. “I tell them, ‘If you don’t get it, I’ll do it again,’ and we’ll repeat the same dance,” she said.

The group classes are free and open to all age groups but typically attract people in their 60s and 70s.

About five years ago Ramona started the lessons after leaving the YMCA, where she first started teaching dance. The Castaic Sports Complex offered her a room free of charge to hold the classes.

“I just really, really enjoy line dancing,” said Thomas. “It was something I got into after I retired. Some of the dances just make you feel really good when you do them.”

The classes run from 10 am to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays.




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